Beyond Beethoven, Digital Edition - Concerti

Music Chapel Festival 2020

20:00 Streaming @Music Chapel, Haas-Teichen Studio

Streaming available on our website, on Youtube & Facebook  from December 2, 2020

Part 1

Orchestre Symphonique Bienne Soleure
Kaspar Zehnder, conductor
Vladyslava Luchenko, violin
Frank Braley, piano
W. A. Mozart: Concerto in D Major, for violin, piano & orchestra, KV. Anh.56/315f

Orchestre Symphonique Bienne Soleure
Kaspar Zehnder, conductor
L. van Beethoven: Symphony No. 8, in F major, op. 93
I. Allegro vivace e con brio
II. Allegretto scherzando
III. Tempo di Menuetto
IV. Allegro vivace

Part 2

Orchestre Symphonique Bienne Soleure
Kaspar Zehnder, conductor
L. van Beethoven: Die Geschöpfe des Prometheus, op. 43, Overture

Orchestre Symphonique Bienne Soleure
Kaspar Zehnder, conductor
Leon Blekh, violin
Shuichi Okada, violin
W. A. Mozart: Concertone No. 2, in C major, for 2 violins & orchestra, KV. 190
I. Allegro spiritoso
II. Andantino grazioso
III. Tempo minuetto. Vivace

Orchestre Symphonique Bienne Soleure
Kaspar Zehnder, conductor

Frank Braley, piano
L. van Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 1, in C major, op. 15
I. Allegro con brio
II. Largo
III. Rondo. Allegro

Pianist Frank Braley and violinist Vladyslava Luchenko, associated artist of the Music Chapel, will perform with the Orchestre Symphonique de Bienne Soleure conducted by Kaspar Zender. This concert will focus on Mozart and Beethoven’s concertos, after two recording sessions in Bienne in March 2019 and 2020, in anticipation of the release in December of a ‘Mozart Doubles’ box set released jointly by Outhere, Orchestre Symphonique de Bienne Soleure and Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel. The performers will share the stage with the young artists in residence Shuichi Okada and Leon Blekh.



Mozart’s Concerto for Violin and Piano in D major was to premiere in Mannheim with violinist Ignaz Fränzl (1736-1811), but by November 1778, when Mozart arrived in Mannheim for the second time, the orchestra that had made the Palatinate capital’s heyday was on the verge of extinction. Mozart therefore shelved his project and concentrated on other tasks. It wasn’t until 1985 and Philip Wilby’s study that this score finally saw the light of day.


To make inanimate statues – or ignorant souls – sensitive to all the passions of human existence through the power of harmony: this is what Prometheus and the young Beethoven were probably seeking to do. Whether through stage music or concertante works like his first Concerto for piano, the future ‘Prometheus of music’ would have no other goal than to offer men the ‘sacred fire’ stolen from celestial realities. Delusions of grandeur already inspired Mozart in his Concertone, which propels two solo violins, frequently joined by the cello and oboe, to the forefront of the stage.

Recorded on November 28 & 29, 2020

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